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Not Guilty Plea for Teacher Accused of Having Sex With Student

Jenna Leahey, of Morristown, is considering plea deal.

The female teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male Parsippany Hills High School student pleaded not guilty Tuesday at her arraignment.

Jenna Leahey, 32, of Morristown, a former teacher and coach at the school, allegedly began the relationship with sexually explicit text messages with the student, which then escalated to mutual sexual contact, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

The not guilty plea on seven charges: sexual assault, child endangerment, official misconduct, and criminal sexual contact, came just a day after the prosecution offered a plea deal, according to nj.com.

The deal would give Leahey a five-year state prison term and force her to surrender her teacher’s license and face Megan’s Law restrictions, the report said. Leahey’s attorney, Stephanie Forbes, said the deal is under consideration.

In the meantime, Leahey is free on $50,000 bail and cannot have contact with anyone under the age of 18.

*ITALIANO~TONY April 26, 2014 at 11:45 PM
PROVED
Dan April 27, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Tony - Proven.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk April 27, 2014 at 05:00 PM
somehow I am sure the 16 year old boy is not emotionally scared by his encounter with the teacher, or it was non consensual. Just saying. I don't think she should do any jail time. The only emotional scaring that he is subject too is the attention from the public. That would be regretful and stressful. Doing the teacher would not be stressful. I got caught wacking in college once. boy that was embarrassing.
Dan April 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM
Plead - Change "boy" to "girl".. How quickly does your opinion change? He was under 18, she violated the law, she should at least get the same punishment if it was a male teacher with a 16 year old female student.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk April 28, 2014 at 01:42 PM
Dan, I am sorry, there is a difference. Boys are sexually aggressive at age 12. i would have to look at this case based on the individual, the victim. A 16 year old boy can't be raped by a vagina. If the boy was harmed by the encounter some way then yes she should be punished to fit the crime. But i don't see how this could be. but maybe.

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